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USADA informs Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino of potential anti-doping violation

The United States Anti-Doping Agency  (USADA) announced today that Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (17-1-0, 1NC) was informed of a potential anti-doping violation.

The violation stems from an out-of-competiton sample taken on Dec. 5.

Justino’s last fight was a TKO win over Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95 back in September.

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Justino previously tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol in January of 2012, for which she was suspended for one year and fined $2,500 USD.

The UFC released the following statement on its website.

The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on December 5, 2016. 

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. 

Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

The announcement comes on the heels of recent revelations by president Dana White that Justino turned down two title fights for the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight belt planned for Brooklyn’s UFC 208 in February.

White was interviewed today by TMZ Sports about Justino and said he thought “it was strange” that “Cyborg” was turning down the title fights, but “not so strange now” given the USADA announcement.

Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie are scheduled to compete for the belt

Justino explained in an Entimports.com article that the substance in question is Spironolactone, which is part of her therapeutic recovery treatment. She also reiterated that as a member, she was the first fighter to complete one year of testing under USADA before entering the UFC, and has been tested 14 times since, including twice in fourth quarter of 2016, with no violations.

The process continues.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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